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Press Conference on the AU Summit Decision on the Protocol on African Court of Human and Peoples Rights

July 10, 2014

Press Conference on the AU Summit Decision on the Protocol on African Court of Human and Peoples Rights

Press Conference on the AU Summit Decision on the Protocol on African Court of Human and Peoples Rights

MEDIA ADVISORY

Press Conference on the AU Summit Decision on the Protocol on African Court of Human and Peoples Rights

What: Press Conference on the AU Summit Decision on the Protocol on African Court of Human and Peoples Rights

When: Friday, 11 July 2014, @11:30a.m.

Where: Media Briefing Room 1, AU Commission Conference Complex,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Who: AU Legal Counsel, Prof. Vincent Nmehielle

Background:
During the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union that held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 26-27 June 2014, the Assembly adopted a protocol on the draft statute of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, extending criminal jurisdiction to the court. One of the provisions, amongst others, was to extend immunity to serving heads of states and all senior government officials during their term of office.
At the press conference on Friday, the AU Legal Counsel will be throwing more light on the Protocol, while clarifying the misperception of “Blanket immunity” granted to African Leaders.

Contact for confirmation or other media inquiries:
Mrs. Wynne Musabayana, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission, e-mail: MusabayanaW@africa-union.org

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